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Conference Hotel
 
The conference will be hosted at the Wyndham Costa Mesa. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service for its guests to and from John Wayne Airport which is less than 10 minutes away. Information on other hotel amenities can be found here. Outside the hotel an assortment of shopping, entertainment, and dining are all a short walk away (1-2 blocks).
 
Conference Hotel Info
  Name: Wyndham Orange County
  Website: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/SNAOC/main.wnt
  Address: 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  Hotel Phone: (714) 751-5100
  Hotel Fax: (714) 751-0129
  Check-in / -out: 3pm / 12pm
 
Conference Rates & Booking
  Special conference rates: $119 single / $129 double
  Reservations Website: Reservation Wyndham Costa Mesa
  Reservations Phone: (800) 996-3426 or (800) WYNDHAM
  Booking by web:
Go to reservations for the Wyndham Costa Mesa. Enter the code "0725087UCI" in the Group Code field to obtain the discounted conference rates.
  Booking by phone:
Call general reservations at (800) 996-3426 and indicate the Wyndham Costa Mesa. Give the operator the conference code "Math Psych" to obtain the discounted conference rates.
  Booking by fax:
To book by fax please contact the Wyndham Costa Mesa directly by fax at (714) 751-0129 and request a credit card authorization. Then fax the completed authorization back to them. Mention the code "Math Psych" for the conference rates.
  Booking by email: (this option is not available)
 
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Alternative Lodging
 
The lodging listed below is not sponsored by this conference, nor is this an exhaustive list of all alternative lodging nearby.
 
Name (website) Address Phone Dist.
  Marriot Suites CM 500 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa 92626 (714) 957-1100 0.1m
  Westin South Coast Pl. 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa 92626 (714) 540-2500 0.2m
  Holiday Inn CM 3131 Bristol St, Costa Mesa 92626 (714) 540-7000 0.7m
  Hilton Costa Mesa 3050 Briston St, Costa Mesa 92626 (714) 540-7000 0.9m
  Doubletree Club OC 7 Hutton Centre, Santa Ana, 92707 (714) 751-2400 0.9m
 
 
Maps & Orientation
 
The conference hotel is situated in Costa Mesa which is at the heart of Orange County. This location offers easy access to several airports (one less than 10 min. away), many unique shopping and entertainment opportunities, as well as some of Southern California's finest beaches.

The time zone for Costa Mesa is Pacific (-8 hours GMT) and the city observes Daylight Savings Time. For those equipped with Global Positioning the position of the conference hotel is latitude 33.69196 and longitude is -117.88071.
 
 
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Getting There and Away
 
Flying

The closest airport to the conference is John Wayne Airpot (SNA). This airport is often listed under two alternative names: "Orange County Airport" and "Santa Ana Airport". This airport is located just over 3 miles (10 min.) from the conference hotel. The conference hotel provides shuttle service for its guests or a taxi can be taken. See Ground Transportation below for further details.

There are a couple things one might want to know when flying through SNA. First, the airport is medium-sized (2 connected terminals) and easy to get around. Despite its size many passengers fly through there (10mil. last year.) and can get quite busy. Thus, second, when flying out of SNA going through security can take up to an hour, even for early flights. Lastly, because of zoning laws there are no flights (departing or arriving) before 7am or after 10pm (even if the scheduled time says differently).

There are several other domestic and international airports servicing the Orange County area which may offer lower airfares. Long Beach Airport (LGB) is fairly close to the conference hotel (20 quick freeway miles) and offers some of the quickest and most convenient check-in and baggage claim given its very small size (4 carriers). The largest drawback to LGB over SNA is the ground transportation (limited car rentals and higher taxi fares). Beyond LGB there are several other much larger international airports. These are only recommended if flying direct from outside the US or if airfares are significantly lower. See below for travel times and airport info and links.
 
  Airports Code Type Dist. Carriers
  John Wayne Airport SNA Dom. 3m. Alaska, Aloha, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, NorthWest, SouthWest, United, US Airways
  Long Beach Airport LGB Dom. 20m. Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, US Airways
  Los Angeles Int'l. Airport LAX Int'l. 40m. most Domestic & International carriers
  LA/Ontario Int'l Airport ONT Int'l 45m. Alaska, American, ATA, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, SouthWest, United, US Airways
  San Diego Int'l. Airport SAN Int'l. 87m. Alaska, Aloha, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, NorthWest, SouthWest, US Airways, United
 
Driving

A vast network of Interstates, local freeways, and toll roads draw traffic to and from Orange County. So, driving is fairly direct no matter what direction you are coming from. Caution should be given, however, to Southern California traffic patterns which can more than triple travel times. For up to the minute traffice conditions on OC freeways visit the Sigalert website before leaving; the conference hotel is approximately located at the intersection of the 405 and 55 freeways.

To get exact driving directions from your location to the conference you may use your choice of on-line maps: GoogleMaps, YahooMaps, MapQuest, MSN Maps, or MSLiveMaps. Enter your address as the start and the following address as your destination: 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. For general driving directions coming...
 
  From the 5 South Exit onto the 55 S toward Newport Beach.
(follow directions: "fr om 55 / 91 West ")

  From the 405 South Exit Bristol Street. Turn Left onto Bristol Street and go 0.2mi.
Turn Right onto Anton Blvd and go 0.2 mi.
Turn Left onto Avenue of the Arts and go 0.1 mi.

  From the 57 South Exit onto the 5 S toward San Diego.
(follow directions: "from 5 South")

  From the 405 North Exit Bristol Street. Turn Right onto Bristol Street and go 0.1mi.
Turn Right onto Anton Blvd and go 0.2 mi.
Turn Left onto Avenue of the Arts and go 0.1 mi.

  From the 55 / 91 West Exit 405 N toward Long Beach (6A).
(follow directions: "from 405 North")
 
 
Ground Transportation
 
A set of links to each airports ground transportation page can be found directly below. A summary of all local area ground transportation options follows.
 
 
Hotel Courtesy Shuttle

The conference hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to its guests flying through John Wayne Aiport. Guests can request a pick up from the airport either by calling the courtesy phone for the hotel at the hotel board located next to baggage claim or by directly dialing the front desk at: (714) 751-5100. No information is provided here for shuttles to other hotels.

Many airport area hotels may offer limited shuttle service to area attractions and sites or may be able to request a pick-up for you by the shuttle for one of these attractions. Please contact your hotel for further information.
 
Taxi Cab

From the following airports...
 
  John Wayne Airport
Taxis cabs and vans are available from the Ground Transportation Center (just outside baggage claim). Cabs seat up to 5 and vans up to 7. Coordinators are there to assist with ground transportation needs.

To request a cab by phone:
     (800) 535-2211
     (714) 535-0156

Fares
     Meter rate: $1.65 first 0.2 miles + $0.50 per add'l 0.2 miles
     Wait fee: $28.80/hr ($0.48/min. prorate)

Fares are current as of 1/10/07 and are subject to change.

  Long Beach Airport
Taxi cab fares from Long Beach Airport to the conference hotel area are approximately $50. Cabs can be found just outside the airport entrance. For further details or ot request a cab please contact Long Beach Yellow Cab at (562) 435-6111.

  Airports further away
Taxis are not recommended from Los Angeles, Ontario, or San Diego airports given their distance. If interested in taxi information from these airports, please see the links to each airport's ground transportation page at the top of this section.
 
Shuttle Vans

Shuttle vans are a great option if traveling from airports more than 20 miles away. They often inexpensive flat rates direct to John Wayne Airport (approx. $25 LAX-SNA) from which the courtesy hotel shuttle can be taken. For an additional (somewhat steeper) fee most shuttles will drop you off directly at your hotel. From each airport there are several shuttle options. Please see the links to each airport's ground transportation page at the top of this section.
 
Local Buses

Orange County offers a fairly extensive bus network with services to John Wayne Airport, an intersection one block from the Conference Hotel, most of OC's attraction and shopping sites, as well as its beaches. Public buses are a good inexpensive option for this reason and the $3.00 Unlimited Day Pass and $3.75 Los Angeles Express Route. However, given the car culture of Southern California buses do not run frequently enough for easy use by inexperienced tourists, nor do they usually provide direct links between tourist points of interest.

If you are interested in taking the bus please visit the Orange County Transportation Authority's website for TripPlanners, Bus Maps & Schedules, System Maps, and Fare & Pass Rates. The SoCal Transport Trip Planner can also assist in planning OC public transportation routing.
 
Car Rentals

From John Wayne there are both on- and off-site car rentals available with the former usually offering greater convenience and the latter ofter better rates.
 
On-site car rentals from John Wayne can be found directly in front of baggage claim and car pick-up just outside the front doors in the parking garage (lower level). A list of current agencies, their websites, and phone numbers is tabled alphabetically below.
  Alamo Rent-A-Car (800) 327-9633
  Avis Rent-A-Car (800) 230-4898
  Budget Rent-A-Car (800) 527-0700
  Enterprise Rent-A-Car (800) 736-8222
  Hertz Corporation (800) 654-3131
  National Car Rental (800) 227-7368
  Thrifty Car Rental (800) 847-4389
 
Off-site car rentals from John Wayne are located very near the airport and are licensed to shuttle passengers from the airport to their off-site facilities. A list of current agencies, their websites, and phone numbers is tabled alphabetically below.
  Advantage Rent-A-Car   (800) 777-5500
  AM-PM Rent-A-Car  (800) 220-4310
  Beverly Hills Rent-A-Car (800) 479-5996
  Fox/Payless Rent-A-Car  (800) 225-4369
  Go Rent-A-Van (800) 464-8267
  Rent 4 Less (866) 945-7368
  Stop-Go Rent-A-Car (888) 704-7867
  United Auto Rental (866) 878-6483
  U-Save Auto Rental  (888) 757-7687
 
 
Dining &Tourism
 
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Orange County offers tremendous dining, shopping, and leisure time opportunities. A sampling of these is organized below into subtopics incorporating either brief descriptions or links to other websites. Each section can be scrolled through within this page or viewed/printed as a full page in a new window by clicking the link to the right of the section title.

Within each section clicking on the item (restaurant, attraction, etc.) title will bring you to that item's website. Most items are for OC only, but suggestions for Los Angeles and San Diego are made when relevant and are grouped accordingly. On the right-hand side are approximate distances which can be clicked on to obtain a GoogleMap to that destination from the conference hotel.
 
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Climate & Weather
 
Climate

Coastal Orange County is cool and pleasant with a year-round Mediteranean climate. For the month of July the historical average hi/lo temps are 77 /62 F with record max/min temps of 100º/55º for the conference dates. Average humidity for this period is 64%. There is typically no precipitation at all during this month, although there may be some morning haze which usually burns off by noon.
 
 
Weather

The typical OC July day is usually comfortably warm in the shade, but can get quite hot under direct sun. The night cools off somewhat more than expected often requiring a light jacket when going out. For more weather information check out the city links below or following links: 15-Day Forecast, SoCal UV Index, and Doppler Weather Radar (look at Santa Ana region).
 
 
 
Rise & Fall of the Sun, Moon, & Tide

For those planning to catch OC's sunrise surfing or evening sunsets, or for those looking to take a midnight beach stroll by moonlight, the following tide chart and sun/moon tables provide data for the conference dates in the Costa Mesa coastal areas.
 

[ tide levels in Newport Beach 7/25-7/28 - scroll across to see other days]
 
 
Sun
Moon
Moon
Date
Rise
Set
Rise
Set
Phase
7/25 - Wednesday
6:00am
7:56pm
6:38pm
3:18am
82% full
7/26 - Thursday
6:00am
7:55pm
7:25pm
4:20am
89% full
7/27 - Friday
6:01am
7:55pm
8:05pm
5:27am
94% full
7/28 - Saturday
6:02am
7:54pm
8:40pm
6:35am
98% full
 
 
last updated: 7/17/2007
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